The Race To Be Myself

The Race To Be Myself


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Woman. Athlete. Daughter. Sister. Wife. Mother.

The Race To Be Myself is an intimate exploration of Caster Semenya's many identities, told for the first time by Caster herself.

In her own words, Caster takes the reader through key moments that defined her story, sharing her journey from childhood, through to her teenage years and adulthood.

In the book, Caster will detail what went on behind the scenes when she found international fame, how it felt to have her body dissected for the whole world to see. Caster will explore how the politics of race, gender, and sexuality play out at the highest levels of competitive sports and why she is determined to continue the fight for her and others right to run free.

The Race To Be Myself is an inspirational book about personal freedom and self-love, and how important it is to have the strength and courage to pursue your dream - no matter what it is put in your way.

©2023 Caster Semenya (P)2023 Penguin Audio


  • Semenya is an engaging memoirist who skillfully unpacks topics of discrimination in sport…for sports lovers and avid readers alike, The Race to Be Myself is as illuminating as it is enjoyable
    Gay Times

About the author

Caster Semenya

Caster Semenya is a professional runner from South Africa. She's a two-time Olympic Games gold medalist and a three-time World Athletics Championships gold medalist. She lives in Pretoria, South Africa.
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